Mt. Seymour: C-Buster and Severed D Double Loop

A highlights tour of mostly intermediate trails on Mt. Seymour

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
9.4 km
Ascent
450 m
Descent
450 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
118 m
High Point
424 m
Gradient
Mt. Seymour: C-Buster and Severed D Double Loop Map

Mt. Seymour is a beloved outdoor recreation spot. If you are keen enough, it would be possible to ski the morning and drop down for a mountain bike in the forest for the afternoon. Below 1,000 metres where most of the bike trails are, old-growth douglas-fir and western red cedar are interspersed with second-growth coniferous and deciduous trees.

Description

Along with Fromme, Seymour is one of the crown jewels in the infamous North Vancouver mountain bike scene. It's also slightly more XC friendly than its neighbor to the west. For the first-timer, though, the Seymour trail network can be confusing and easy to get lost in. Following this anti-clockwise loop is a good introduction. With the exception of the top portion of Severed D, all the trails are intermediate or easier.

Riding up Old Buck provides a warm-up for the legs as you cruise up through a pretty section of forest. Turning left, a further grind along the Powerlines trail gets you to the top of the fun stuff. Severed Dick is technical, with several rock and wood features, so take it easy if this is your first time. Most of the drops do have ride-around options if you want a mellower ride. This hooks straight onto John Deer, which is less intimidating and heaps of fun—you could almost call it a flow trail. Expect berms, roots, wooden features and a couple of rock drops.

If you enjoyed John Deer, it's definitely worth heading right on Bridle Path and up to the top again via Cardiac Bypass, Academy Climb, C-Buster, Rapid Transit, Penny Lane, and the excellent Good Sir Martin trails. This extra loop provides some excellent uphill singletrack and the chance to hit John Deer for a second (faster) run now that you know the lines.

Either way, finish up by turning left and following the dual-use Bridle Path trail and Empress Bypass with its armored berms, back to the carpark.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Technical
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Roots
  • Wooden Feature

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